The New York Empire presented by Citi announced today that 23-time Grand Slam champion (including doubles) Venus Williams will visit the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning on Friday, July 19 when the Empire take on the visiting Washington Kastles. The match begins at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are on sale now.
Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion and one of tennis’ all-time great players, is returning for her eighth season with the Kastles, who are coached by Murphy Jensen, brother of first-year Empire head coach Luke. The Empire’s roster will feature Ulises Blanch, Kirsten Flipkens, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Neal Skupski throughout the season. Top-ranked American, John Isner, will open the Empire season on Sunday, July 14.
“I was already extremely excited to go head-to-head with my brother when the Kastles come to town, but it will be even more fun now that he is stacking his roster with a legend of the sport like Venus,” said Luke Jensen. “Tennis fans in New York are in for a real treat July 19th.”
The Empire also announced the addition of Mardy Fish to the franchise’s roster for the upcoming 44th season of World TeamTennis (WTT). Fish, the former top-ranked American on the ATP Tour, will take the court at Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning on Monday, July 29 and Tuesday, July 30. After every Empire home match, fans 16-and-under will be welcomed onto the court to meet players from both teams and get autographs.
Fish returns for his ninth WTT season and third with the Empire. The 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist won six ATP World Tour singles titles and was ranked as high as No. 7 during his career. This past January, Fish was named Captain of the United States Davis Cup team, replacing Jim Courier.
“I’ve always enjoyed being part of a team as a former U.S. Davis Cup team member and now serving as captain,” Fish said. “I love the World TeamTennis format and am looking forward to competing once again this summer for the Empire at Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning.”
Tennis fans looking to catch Williams also have the opportunity to soak in more world-class tennis this summer. Those purchasing box-seat tickets to the match featuring Williams on July 19 will receive a 20-percent discount for box-seat tickets to all other matches using the special code “JULY19”. The purchases for other matches must be made during the same transaction.